Sexual Crime Awareness Group Proposes Strip Club “Pole Tax”

Indiana may become the fourth state in the country to adopt a so-called “pole-tax,” a cover charge imposed on strip-club patrons.

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If enacted, INCASA officials estimate the state could generate between ten and twenty-seven million dollars a year to fund intervention, awareness, and advocacy support groups.

Indiana may become the fourth state in the country to adopt a so-called “pole-tax,” a cover charge imposed on strip-club patrons.

The Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, or INCASA, is modeling its proposal on a Texas law that charges strip club patrons five dollars each time they enter a club.

If enacted, INCASA officials estimate the state could generate between $10 million and $27 million a year to fund intervention, awareness, and advocacy support groups.

INCASA spokesperson Erik Scheub says the funding would also help more counties provide services for victims.

“Really there is a correlation between sexual violence and adult entertainment, such as workers being propositioned for sex, being come onto, sexual harassment,” Scheub says.  “So we feel that this is a great way to help us increase our sexual assault funding.”

Studies conducted in 2009 by the University of Texas suggest a correlation between alcohol, adult entertainment and violence, but no causal link has been discovered.

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